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Camp NaNo Goes on with Grumpy Cover Art

2112 words written and 3 pages drawn for Camp NaNo so far.  I stalled over cover design, but at this point I’m willing to use a bit of filler work just so I can get to the actual comic without worrying about getting the perfect image in my head.


And it shows.

They are too cartoony.  And also conveying my reaction to realizing I had drawn the sun icon on top of the text outline in the same layer, so I wouldn’t be able to easily edit and save them for later (to develop my own title font for SoA), thus I kinda lost interest in making it look great for now.  But the mood is conveyed and Tristan and Dhelran’s typical attitudes in this book are accurately portrayed.  Some success then.

I’m over-achieving my tiny Camp NaNo goal, but I really want to draw a lot more pages then my current rate.  Someday I’ll have to update the cover, but not during Camp!

Art · Comics · Spectra · Uncategorized · writing

Camp NaNoWriMo Starts Tomorrow – Spectra Cartooning

April camp begins soon.  My goal is to sketch 75 pages color pages of Spectra, to really just focus on the color and general composition of each page.  This way I can swiftly get the gist down and visually approximate how many pages the beginning will take.  I won’t even bother with dialogue beyond key words that identify where to add the conversations later.

I decided on this goal because recently I drew the first 4 pages of Spectra in this manner.  And I drew them in 45 minutes.

It felt like very messy roughdrafting and solid work.  Yay.






It’s really about getting down the mood of each scene and the pacing of the action, while everything else can wait since the novelization is for working out dialogue and storycraft.  Breaking them up this way is great.  It gives me something to work with for estimating page numbers and what sets I need to design and all that sort of thing.

While it takes a long time and certainly has it’s frustrations, I think it’s pretty cool to have such a big story that I have to work with these hybrid draft systems and go through one layer of storycraft at a time.

And, of course, sometimes I gotta indulge in drawing nice, shiny moons and slightly better faces once in a while.

Oh man, that was such a problem I’d have with pencil and paper drafts where I’d try to storyboard, and I’d partly figure out dialogue and what the story IS but I would take up a ton of time drawing Nice Art and dramatic profiles even though I was supposed to be fast and sloppy…but pencils are delicate.

Giant, bold digital paint brushes are much better for this.



Art · Comics · The Dragon Maidens · Uncategorized · writing

The Cartooning Experiment is Sideways, But Still Moving

Yeah, I’m taking this comic seriously and I can’t just fling a page out a day.  Alas.

However, I have some work done, here is a preview:


Stark contrast to the shiny cover.  The guys haven’t been colored in, but we can pretend they’re just really well camouflaged right now.

Which suddenly made me realize they should all be invisible because they have the resources to do that and are sneaking around.


How do I draw a comic with invisible characters?

I may have to rethink these starting pages.

At least the delay gave them sounder tactics…

But the point of all of this is: I realized I should make this challenge a bit more like NaNoWriMo and less like my art challenge.  I still succeeded at NaNo without daily telling people my progress, and I would never show anyone my nano work as I made it, that would be a disaster and I wouldn’t even try.  And with a comic, I think it’s much better to work on drawing it daily, and only posting when I’m ready.  I can still talk about my progress each week and keep working on it.  Much more sensible.

And now I guess I’ll just draw some relaxing, scary backgrounds as the invisible band of adventurers move forward and go to…where they’re going….

I’m glad I called this whole thing an experiment.  Having it be flexible is the best way to keep me motivated.  Plus, I’ve been wanting to draw some other digital art, but I felt like I  couldn’t work on it if I had to draw 5 comic pages each week.  I think I’ll post an update on Friday since that’s when I started and figure out just what I want this challenge to be.

It’s all trial-and-error cartooning from here on out.

Edit: Also, this gives me time to make a webcomic website instead of spamming my blog with a page a day.

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Time for an Experiment in Cartooning: The Dragon Maidens

What I have learned from my creative challenges is that I do things when I make a specific, simple daily goal and update my progress on this blog.  So now I have decided to work on strengthening my cartooning process in particular.  I’m going to make a webcomic, and use this endeavor to get comfortable with art composition and simply making pages that build on each other–instead of random art.

This month I shall challenge myself to draw one page each weekday, starting today and ending on February 11th.  I’m plunging into it because I have a fun story idea that shouldn’t take too long, however I can tell I’m stalling myself out because I haven’t thought up enough names, or worldbuilding, or whatever, but the fact is, I just want to get the ideas I do have down and get them out of my system and show myself that I can create a webcomic and consistently update it.  It won’t be “perfect” at all, but it will be out for the world to see and possibly enjoy.

As such, I may allow myself goofy placeholder names at times, and generally not take it too seriously, because the point is learning to consistently draw a story and let others see it.  The point is to be a bit haphazard to allow perfectionism and overthinking to die, and to simply MAKE THE THING FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE!  And complete it.

So, without further ado, may I present the cover of the comic:



Look at that!  I could have fretted and wondered what to draw, but in about an hour (I think) I drew that and now I can be on my way to drawing a fun story while it’s fresh in my mind!

Time to prepare for Monday…